Miami Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Helping Victims of Medical Malpractice Throughout the State of Florida
We experience a powerful feeling of pain and betrayal when a loved one is unnecessarily harmed by healthcare providers to whom we have entrusted our health or the well-being of our family members. Sadly, many people have suffered from careless medical treatment. Our Miami Medical Malpractice Attorneys are prepared to help in those instances.
Our Miami medical malpractice attorneys believe that negligent doctors, nurses and other health care providers should be held accountable for the lifetime harm that they inflict on their patients and their families. Over the years, our Miami medical malpractice attorneys have litigated a wide variety of negligence cases involving doctors, nurses and hospitals and have achieved millions of dollars of compensation for the seriously injured patients and their families who we have proudly represented in these cases.
Medical malpractice is committed far too frequently in Miami, Florida and throughout the U.S. “The equivalent of 390 jumbo jets full of people are dying each year due to likely preventable, in-hospital errors, making this one of the leading killers in the U.S,” observed HealthGrades’s vice president of medical affairs, Samantha Collier. HealthGrades, a leading healthcare quality company, estimated that 195,000 people died due to potentially preventable errors related to their healthcare in each of the years 2000, 2001 and 2002. The Institute of Medicine had previously estimated (and apparently underestimated) that 98,000 people die, and thousands more are injured, in this Country each year due to malpractice. Our Miami medical malpractice lawyers have a long track record of success in holding wrongdoers accountable for their hurtful conduct while also obtaining many millions of dollars in compensation for the injuries and losses suffered by our clients.
The Miami medical malpractice lawyers at Boyers Law work with top experts in every specialty. One of our partners will also serve as lead counsel on every Florida malpractice case that we handle. Our highly trained lawyers and paralegals, however, work together as a team to achieve the best possible results at trial, or to achieve a favorable settlement for our clients.
What is Medical Malpractice?
In Florida, it is the failure of a healthcare provider to act in accordance with the accepted standard of proper care in the community. In other words, when a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider is negligent and fails to act as would a reasonably prudent medical provider of the same specialty and causes a patient to suffer serious injury or wrongful death, the doctor, nurse or hospital may be held responsible for inflicting harm on his or her patients.
Proving that a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider was negligent and fell below the community standard of care requires relentless investigation, total command of the facts of each case, top flight expert testimony and determined and thorough use of the civil discovery process and tools at the trial lawyer’s disposal. Our Miami based malpractice attorneys, therefore, take detailed and rigorous depositions of the defendants and adverse experts, make exhaustive requests for key documents, use document authenticity experts when we believe documents have been falsified, altered or omitted and send well crafted written interrogatories to the defendants in order to amass the evidence necessary to prevail in a complex malpractice case.
Finally, at trial, we use all of our firm’s experience, talent, hard work and resources to prove that the healthcare defendants are wrong, our clients are right and are justly entitled to a substantial compensatory verdict in their favor.
At Boyers Law, our experienced Miami, FL malpractice lawyers endeavor to leave no stone unturned and use every lawful resource at our disposal to prove a client’s case. We feel a deep sense of responsibility to each client because we know that if someone comes to us for help, they have suffered a terrible loss and deserve answers, all the compensation the law will allow, and justice.
Types of Medical Negligence Cases
There is no limit to the kinds of malpractice that can be committed by careless providers, nor to the kind of case that can be brought as a result. Doctor error, nursing error, radiologist error, medical technician or hospital error can result in these common examples of malpractice cases:
- Failing to Listen to the Patient – Number One Mistake!
- Medication Errors/Medication Malpractice
- Operative Errors/Surgeon Malpractice (wrong side of body surgery, cutting or severing an organ or nerve, causing internal bleeding or failing to detect internal bleeding [e.g, from suture line leaks] and treat the bleeding in time to save the patient or prevent permanent injury)
- Retained medical instrument or device errors/Leaving Foreign Objects in Patients
- Failing to Properly Monitor the Patient Post-Operatively (when complications such as internal bleeding, infection, changes in vital signs, kidney failure, etc. can occur)
- Nursing Negligence/Nurse Malpractice (e.g., improper placement of IV lines, failing to monitor patient’s vital signs and report them, medication errors)
- Anesthesia errors/Anesthesia Malpractice
- Radiologist error/Radiologist Malpractice
- Failure to Diagnose or a Delay in Diagnosing a Medical Condition, such as a failure to diagnose an infection (see, e.g., Post-Operative Care Errors, below), heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, auto-immune disease (e.g., hypothyroidism or Addison’s Disease) meningitis, encephalitis, stomach ulcer/gastric ulcer (duodenal ulcer), kidney disease, appendicitis or other condition demanding timely treatment.
- Failure to Diagnose or a Delay in Diagnosing Cancer
- Failure to Diagnose Heart Attacks and Strokes
- Failure to Diagnose Aneurysms
- Obstetrical/OBGYN Malpractice/Birth Malpractice/Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Plexus Palsy)/Fetal Distress and Brain Damaged Babies; Failure to Treat Toxemia or Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (preeclampsia).
- Blood Transfusion Errors (e.g., contaminated blood; failure to perform a timely blood transfusion)
- Kidney Dialysis errors/Malpractice
- Orthopedist malpractice (e.g., improper placement of hardware, casting that is too tight leading to a compartment syndrome, failure to diagnose nerve impingement/failure to diagnose nerve compression)
- Medical Device Defects, Failures/Negligent Maintenance of Monitoring Devices or Other Medical Machinery, and
- Any instance where a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider violated the standard of good medical care causing serious injury.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Florida?
Under Florida law (Fla. Stat. § 95.11), the statute of limitations for most medical malpractice claims is two years. For most patients, the statute of limitations means that a lawsuit must get filed within two years from the date of the initial harm. In some cases, if it took longer for the plaintiff to realize an injury —such as in a case where a surgeon accidentally leaves an instrument inside the body — then the plaintiff has two years from the date that the injury occurred or two years from the date that the injury was or reasonably should have been discovered.
If you or a loved one has been injured by malpractice and you would like to speak with our experienced Miami medical malpractice attorneys, please contact Boyers Law Group at 800.545.9100 for a free consultation about your legal rights.